Task Force Members and Responsibilities
Human Exploration and Development of Space Committee
Scientific Research, Mission to Planet Earth, and Space Technology Committee
Executive Committee Duties
Joseph P. Allen
Dr. Joseph P. (Joe) Allen currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Space Industries International-a technology-based company in the areas of advanced transportation systems, space, information systems, and simulation and training for Government and industry customers. The company recently completed the merger of Space Industries, Inc., and Calspan Corporation. He also currently serves as a director of Arvin Industries, Inc. and as a member of the board of trustees for Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas. Prior to his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of Space Industries International, Allen served as Executive Vice President of Space Industries, Inc. From 1967 until his employment with Space Industries, Inc., he served as an astronaut with NASA, during which time he participated in mission control for Apollo 15 and 17 and flew two Space Shuttle flights in the early 1980s. From 1975 to 1978 he also served as NASA Assistant Administrator. He is the author of Entering Space: An Astronaut's Odyssey. Allen holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from Yale University and an undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics from DePauw University.
Isaac R. Barpal
Dr. Isaac R. (Itzik) Barpal is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of AlliedSignal Inc. In this capacity, and as a member of the company's Leadership Committee, he oversees the corporation's technology efforts and administers its Research and Technology Center, a leading multidisciplinary industrial research complex. Before joining AlliedSignal, he had a 22-year distinguished career at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, which included engineering projects, operations, and general management assignments. His last assignment there was as the Corporate Vice President of Science and Technology. Barpal has written numerous technical articles and holds several patents. Active in a number of engineering and professional societies, he is a registered engineer in New Jersey, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Brazil. Barpal earned a B.S. degree in electrical engineering and applied mathematics from the California State Polytechnic University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has also attended the Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program.
Jeffrey S. Borer
Dr. Jeffrey S. Borer is the Gladys and Roland Harriman Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine in Radiology at Cornell University Medical College. He directs a wide-ranging program of cardiovascular research focusing on the biology of regurgitant valvular diseases and the use of radioisotopes in evaluating coronary artery disease. In addition, he directs a program of clinical service in cardiology at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. He has received numerous awards and peer recognition in the form of service on major journal editorial boards, on standing committees of professional organizations, and in visiting professorships and lectures at national and international meetings. Currently, he serves on the editorial boards of nine major peer-reviewed journals and is a permanent visiting professor to the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. Borer recently received an award from the Israel National Heart to Heart Association. Since 1984, he has served on NASA advisory committees and since 197 on advisory and consulting panels for the Food and Drug Administration. He has authored or co-authored more than 250 journal articles and book chapters. Borer received his undergraduate education from Harvard, his medical degree from Cornell, and his postgraduate training in internal medicine from Massachusetts General Hospital.
Richard G. Bradley, Jr.
Dr. Richard G. Bradley, Jr., is Director of the Flight Sciences Department of Lockheed Fort Worth Company (formerly General Dynamics). This department encompasses the flight-related disciplines, including aerodynamics, flight mechanics, stability and control, flight control systems, propulsion, thermodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, wind tunnel model testing, and flight testing. He has been associated with the company since 1954, with short interruptions to serve as an aircraft maintenance officer in the Air Force and for graduate school. His technical experience encompasses a broad range of flight-related aeronautical disciplines. He has been especially concerned with design applications and has contributed to the design and development of several tactical aircraft. Bradley is a Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and serves on the Editorial Board for the Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics Series. He has served on the AIAA Fluid Dynamics and Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committees and as an AIAA Distinguished Lecturer. He has been a member of NASA's Aeronautics Advisory Committee, the AGARD Fluid Dynamics Panel, and the National Research Council's Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, and he has served on industry advisory committees for Texas universities. He is currently a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. Bradley earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Benjamin A. Cosgrove
Benjamin A. (Ben) Cosgrove recently retired from the position of Senior Vice President for Technical and Government Affairs for the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group (BCAG). In that position, he was responsible for all liaison with regulatory agencies in matters of design and technology and was BCAG's senior executive on safety matters. He formerly served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of BCAG's Engineering Division, responsible for all engineering functions, flight-test engineering and operations, and for government technical contacts. Cosgrove has been associated with almost all Boeing jet aircraft programs. In 1973, he became Chief Engineer for the 707 and, in 1976, was appointed director of engineering for the 707/727/737 Division. Cosgrove later was promoted to Chief Project Engineer and Director of Engineering for the 767 program and, in June 1993, was appointed Director of Engineering for the Everett Division (747/767 programs). He was appointed vice president-general manager for the Engineering Division of BCAG in 1985. In 1989 he was promoted to Senior Vice President and he assumed the government affairs post in 1992. Cosgrove has received the National Aeronautical Association Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, the Society of Automotive Engineers Frank Kolk Award, and the AIAA Ed Wells Technical Management Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Daniel Guggenheim Medal Board, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers IAB Board, and he is a Fellow of both the AIAA and England's Royal Aeronautical Society. Cosgrove received a B.S. in aeronautical engineering from Notre Dame University. He also received the Notre Dame College of Engineering Honor Award and an honorary doctorate degree from the university.
Leroy Dixon is Chairman/CEO of DAV-LEAR Systems, Inc. He has 30 years of engineering and management experience in program management, technology development, systems engineering, systems testing, spacecraft and missile design, and commercial equipment design. He has held program management and director positions in both Government and private industry and has a vast reserve of experience in large-scale aeronautics and aerospace efforts, including the Viking spacecraft, the Titan Launch System, and the Minuteman Missile system. His professional activities include serving as director and chairman of the board of a three-branch Montessori school, founder and president of an electronics manufacturing company, one of the original founders of the Processional Black Engineers Association, and visiting lecturer at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Dixon holds an M.S. in engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is working toward an M.B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Maxime A. Faget
Dr. Maxime (Max) A. Faget served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Space Industries, Inc., from 1982 until 1993. He was employed for more than 35 years in a variety of engineering and managerial positions for NASA and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. He served as the Director of Engineering and Development at Johnson Space Center, where he was responsible for supervising the design, development, and proof-of-performance of manned spacecraft projects and related systems from 1962 to 1981. He did pioneering work on supersonic ramjet engines. He conceived and proposed the development of the spacecraft used in Project Mercury. Both the Gemini spacecraft and the Apollo Command Module were derivatives of this basic concept. He organized a team to conduct an intensive feasibility study which eventually led to formal authority to develop the Space Shuttle. Faget authored numerous publications and books and holds 11 patents. He has received numerous prestigious awards and honors. He received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Louisiana State University in 1943 and honorary doctorate of engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1966 and Louisiana State University in 1972.
John S. Foster, Jr.
Dr. John S. (Johnny) Foster, Jr. is a consultant with TRW Inc. He is also Chairman of the Board of Pilkington Aerospace Inc. and of Technology Strategies and Alliances. He has been Director of Defense Research and Engineering for DoD, Director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Associate Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Vice President and General Manager of TRW Energy Systems Group, and Vice President of TRW Science and Technology. Currently, Foster is a board member of the Defense Science Board, JAYCOR, Arete', and Marymount College and a member of the American Defense Preparedness Association, National Advisory Board of the American Security Council, National Security Industrial Association, and the Committee on The Present Danger. He has served as the chairman of the Defense Science Board and as a member of: TRW Inc. Board of Directors, the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, the Army Scientific Advisory Panel, and the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. He has also been an advisor to the President's Science Advisory Committee and the Ballistic Missile Defense Advisory Committee of the Advanced Research Projects Agency. Among his numerous honors are the Founders Award from the National Academy of Engineering, the DOE Enrico Fermi Award, the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Memorial Award of the Atomic Energy Commission, three Distinguished Public Service Medals from DoD, the James Forrestal Memorial Award, the H.H. Arnold Trophy, the Crowell Medal, the WEMA Award, and the Knight Commander's Cross (Badge and Star) of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and is a commander, Legion of Honor for the Republic of France. Foster received his B.S. from McGill University and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1979, he was awarded an honorary doctor of science from the University of Missouri.
The Honorable Don Fuqua is President and General Manager of the Aerospace Industries Association of America, Inc. (AIA). He assumed this position in 1987 and serves as a leading spokesman for the U.S. aerospace industry. Fuqua is a member of AIA's Board of Governors and oversees the activities of six AIA councils and 10 AIA departments. He served 12 terms as a U.S. congressman and was elected chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee in 1979 after having served on the committee since 1963. In this position, he personally inspected and reviewed research projects throughout the Nation, delving into fields as far-ranging as the development of competitive aircraft of the future, the application of space technology to the needs of the elderly and disabled, the design of more fuel-efficient automobiles, the development of liquefied coal, and the protection of the environment from hazards as common as water weeds and as advanced as nuclear waste. Fuqua was chairman of the Subcommittee on Space Science and Applications from 1971 to 1981. He served as a member of the Advisory Committee on the Future of the U.S. Space Program (the Augustine Commission) and as a member of the NASA Advisory Council. He has served on many other boards, committees, and councils and received seven prestigious awards from both domestic and international organizations. Fuqua received a B.S. degree in agricultural economics in 1957 from the University of Florida and has received five honorary doctorate degrees.
Issac T. Gillam IV
Isaac T. (Ike) Gillam IV is the Senior Vice President of the Aerospace Systems Group of OAO Corporation. This is the largest operating element of the corporation and includes all engineering and science support activities that OAO performs for civil and military space programs. Gillam has more than 40 years of experience in both technical and management aspects of the aerospace industry. This includes ten years as an officer in the Air Force, 25 years with NASA, and 7 years with OAO. His NASA experience includes 10 years as a manager in the Expendable Launch Vehicle program, 5 years at the Dryden Flight Research Center (2 as Director), and 3 years as NASA Assistant Administrator. Gillam has received numerous citations and awards from Government and civic organizations including NASA's Distinguished Service Medal, two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, and the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Excellence. He is a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society, a member of Tau Beta Pi, an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and a member of many other technical, fraternal, and civic organizations. Gillam received a bachelor's degree from Howard University.
Lee M. Hammarstrom
Lee M. Hammarstrom currently heads a Joint Space Systems Technology Program. This initiative is a broad-based, multiservice, multidiscipline program among the Director of Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E), the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Advanced Technology, and the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Systems. He is the DDR&E's Thrust Leader for the Global Surveillance and Communications Panel and sits on numerous high-level interagency councils and technology exchange groups. Hammarstrom has had 30 years experience in research and development of space technology and space systems for the U.S. Navy and the DoD. He is a 1962 graduate of Pennsylvania State University, a member of the AIAA and Sigma Xi, and the author of numerous classified publications.
Anthony J. Iorillo
Anthony J. (Tony) Iorillo is Chairman of the Board of Directors of American Mobile Satellite Corporation, a director of Ortel Corporation, and a member of the Draper Laboratories Board. He spent 35 years with General Motors/Hughes and retired from there in May of 1994. From 1986 to 1994, he was a member of the Office of the Chairman and President of the company's Telecommunications and Space Sector. Iorillo is also a Vice Chairman of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and a trustee of Saint John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California. He received a B.S. and M.S. in aeronautical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1959 and 1960. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and holds a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the California Institute of Technology.
Vicki S. Johnson
Dr. Vicki S. Johnson is currently working with the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) management on special projects in space science and technology. Between 1991 and 1994, Johnson was Manager of the NASA/USRA University Advanced Design Program (ADP) for USRA. From 1990 until 1991, Johnson was a Senior Program Officer with the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the National Research Council where her responsibilities included organizing and directing studies for Government sponsors on technology issues. Until May 1990, she was leader of the Performance and Cost Analysis Group in the Advanced Vehicles Division at NASA Langley Research Center. Johnson started at NASA as a cooperative education engineering student in 1978. She has a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla, an M.S. in flight sciences from George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Kansas.
Ann R. Karagozian
Dr. Ann R. Karagozian is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). She has been a faculty member at UCLA since 1982, assuming her current position in 1993. Her research interests lie in analytical/numerical simulation and experimental interrogation of acoustically driven reacting flows and high-speed combustion systems. Recent studies have been in the areas of hazardous waste incineration and NOx emissions reduction, the latter with applications to high-speed combustion systems such as those for the High Speed Civil Transport and Advanced Subsonic Transport. She is presently a member of the Defense Science Study Group, sponsored by the Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Institute for Defense Analysis, and has served in the past on technical panels for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. She is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and received the TRW/UCLA Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1987. Karagozian received a B.S. in engineering, summa cum laude, from UCLA in 1978 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1979 and 1982, respectively.
Marjorie B. Lees
Dr. Marjorie B. Lees is Professor of Biochemistry (Neurology) at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Director of the Mental Retardation Research Center at the E.K. Shriver Center. Her overall interest is in neurochemistry and more specifically in the development, structure and function of central nervous system myelin, its role in the normal development of the nervous system, and factors leading to myelin pathology. She is currently studying the structure, cell biology and immunology effects of the major myelin proteins, their role in brain function, and their participation in demyelinating disorders such as multiple sclerosis. Lees has served as treasurer, councilor and president of the American Society of Neurochemistry and was the chief editor of the Journal of Neurochemistry from 1986-1990. She has served on National Institute of Health (NIH) study sections, has been a member of the National Advisory Council of the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke (1979-1982) and is currently on the NASA/NIH Advisory Committee on Biomedical and Behavioral Research. She was elected a member of the Hunter College Hall of Fame in 1982, received the Shriver Center Award for Distinguished Service in Neuroscience in 1988 and was twice the recipient of an NIH Jacob Javitz Neuroscience Scholar Award. She received a B.A. from Hunter College, an M.S. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from Harvard University (Radcliffe College).
Dr. Joseph (Joe) Miller retired in 1993 as Vice President and General Manager of the Applied Technology Division of TRW Inc. This division was TRW's center for physics, chemistry, and engineering sciences and he held a number of management positions in the division starting in 1977. Miller was responsible for the development of chemical laser technology and the development and testing of the world's most powerful lasers. He was the chief development engineer of the Lunar Module Descent Engine and responsible for the support of its Apollo flight operations. Miller has numerous publications and several patents. He has been active in technical societies and has served on the National Research Council, Defense Science Board, and Department of Energy advisory committees. In 1990, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in recognition of his contributions in high-power lasers and optics. Miller has received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in engineering, all from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Earll M. Murman
Dr. Earll M. Murman is Professor and Head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His expertise is in the fields of aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, and educational software, and his interests have recently shifted to systems engineering and manufacturing. During 1967 to 1977, Murman was a research scientist at Boeing Scientific Research Laboratories, NASA Ames Research Center, and Flow Research Company. From 1977 to 1980, he was Vice President and General Manager of Flow Research Company. In 1980, he became a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and assumed his current position in 1990. Murman is the author of more than 75 papers and holds one patent. From 1988 to 1991 he served as Director of MIT's project Athena. He is a member of many professional societies and advisory groups including the National Academy of Engineering and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the National Research Council. Murman received a B.S., summa cum laude, in aeronautical engineering in 1963 and M.A. and Ph.D. in aerospace and mechanical sciences in 1965 and 1967, all from Princeton University.
Robert D. Paulson
Robert D. (Bob) Paulson is a Director of McKinsey & Company, Inc., the international management consulting firm, and leads McKinsey's Aerospace and Defense Practice. His career focus has involved questions of business strategy, organizational effectiveness, commercialization of technology, and corporate restructuring. The client industries that he has most often served include aerospace, electronics, and highly diversified companies. Typical assignments that he has directed include developing new strategies for individual businesses, improving business-unit profitability, launching new high-technology ventures, and planning and integrating acquisitions and mergers. Within McKinsey, Paulson has served on the Shareholders Committee and the Senior Personnel Committee, and he was the Los Angeles Office Manager from 1982 to 1990. He has spoken and published widely concerning issues facing the aerospace industry and California business. Before joining Mckinsey, he was a staff assistant in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Analysis and was responsible for long-range resource planning affecting all three military services. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Army. Paulson earned a B.A. in economics (cum laude) from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1967 and an M.B.A. (with distinction) from the Harvard Business School in 1969.
Helen Louise Reed
Dr. Helen Louise Reed is the Director of the Aerospace Research Center, Associate Director of the Arizona State University (ASU) /NASA Space Grant Program, and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at ASU where she promotes interdisciplinary programs in aerospace-related fields and establishes working relationships with local industry. She has been at ASU since 1985 and prior to that held the position of Assistant Professor at Stanford University. She also worked at NASA Langley as an aerospace technologist in the Aeronautical Systems Division and at Sandia Laboratories in the Applied Mathematics Division. Her research interests include low-cost space experimentation and satellite design and computational, theoretical, and experimental aspects of laminar/turbulent transition and fluid/structure interactions. Recent work includes the design, fabrication, and launch of ASUSat1, a 10-pound-class satellite designed, built, and launched by the students at ASU to perform space-environment experiments in low Earth orbit and provide an audio transponder for amateur radio operators; Navier-Stokes simulations of boundary-layer receptivity of freestream disturbances, including freestream vorticity and sound; and stability of 3-D supersonic and hypersonic boundary layers. She is a member of the U.S. National Transition Study Group, the originator of the Gallery of Fluid Motions of the American Physical Society, a past member of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Aerodynamics Panel, a past member of the AIAA Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee, the current chair of the Fluid Mechanics Committee of the Applied Mechanics Division of ASME, a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Engineering Science, a member of the NASA Aeronautics Advisory Committee, a member of the NASA Computational Aerosciences Review and Planning Team, and Associate Editor of the Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics. She received the 1993-94 Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the 1994-95 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award from the Graduate College at ASU. Reed received an A.B. in mathematics, with general honors and honors in mathematics, from Goucher College in 1977 and an M.S. and Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from Virginia Polytechnic and State University in 1980 and 1981.
Moshe F. Rubinstein
Dr. Moshe F. Rubinstein is currently a professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He has formerly served as Chairman of the Engineering Systems Department and Director of the Modern Engineering for Executives Program. He is the author of 70 publications and 7 books, including Tools for Thinking and Problem Solving in 1986, Concepts in Problem Solving in 1980, and Patterns of Problem Solving in 1975 and 1995. Rubinstein has lectured by invitation all over the world, and his books have been translated into foreign languages. His awards include: Distinguished Teaching Award, Academic Senate, UCLA, 1964; American Society of Engineering Education Award for Excellence, 1965; Distinguished Professor Trophy, Engineering Student Society, 1966; Outstanding Faculty Member, Engineering Alumni Association, 1979; Outstanding Faculty Member, State of California Post Command College, 1987, 1988, 1989, and 1994; and Outstanding UCLA Civil Engineering Alumni Award, 1990. Rubinstein is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and the New York Academy of Sciences. Rubinstein is on the IBM Academic Review Board and has received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from UCLA.
Pedro L. Rustan
Colonel Pedro (Pete) L. Rustan, Air Force, is currently assigned to the Secretary of the Air Force Office for Special Projects. In his immediate previous assignment, he was the Mission Manger for the Clemintine deep space mission, where he initiated the mission, selected the technologies, and managed every aspect of the program. In his military career he has accumulated 8 years hands-on experience in electric systems design, analysis, and measurements; 4 years in the management of aircraft guidance systems; and 8 years in the design and management of spacecraft. Rustan has published more than forty research and management articles in referred journals and presented the results of advanced research programs at many national conferences. He has received multiple prestigious awards and is a registered professional engineer in Oklahoma. Rustan received B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in electromagnetism from the University of Florida.
Roald Z. Sagdeev
Dr. Roald Z. Sagdeev is the founder and Director of the East-West Space Science Center at the University of Maryland and is a member of The Planetary Society Board of Advisors. From 1973 to 1988, he was Director of the Institute for Space Research of the former Soviet Union's Academy of Sciences. He was instrumental in many Soviet missions of the past decade, including expeditions to Halley's Comet, Venus, and Mars. Prior to that, he was a Professor of Physics at the Novosubursk State University and the Moscow Physico-Technical Institute. He is known for his work on nonlinear physics and space plasmas, as well as being one of the principal architects building bridges of understanding between the superpowers. Sagdeev was a People's Deputy of the U.S.S.R. Congress from 1985 to 1988 and he was a key science advisor to President Mikhail Gorbachev on space and arms control issues. Sagdeev is a graduate of Moscow State University.
Robert Edwin Smylie
Robert Edwin (Ed) Smylie is currently Director, Civil Space Operations in the Center for Environment, Resources and Space, MITRE Corporation. Most of his career has been in the space operations area. Before joining MITRE, he was Vice President of Systems Engineering and Integration for the Grumman Space Station Program Support Division. Smylie retired from a career with NASA, which included the position of Associate Administrator, Space Tracking and Data Systems, at NASA Headquarters and Deputy Director of Goddard Space Flight Center. He is a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society and the AIAA and is a life member and serves on the Board of Directors for the NASA Alumni League. Smylie holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Mississippi State University and an M.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with additional graduate work at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Thomas P. Stafford
Lt. General Thomas P. (Tom) Stafford, Air Force (retired) is cofounder of the technology consulting firm of Stafford, Burke, and Hecker, Inc., sits on the boards of directors of nine corporations, and serves on the National Research Council's Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. From 1963 to 1975, Stafford was a NASA astronaut and flew as pilot of Gemini VI, commander of Gemini IX, commander of Apollo X, and commander of the Apollo Soyuz Test Project. He returned to the Air Force in 1975 and commanded the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base and served as the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Research, Development and Acquisition prior to retiring from the Air Force in 1979.
James V. Taranik
Dr. James V. (Jim) Taranik is the President of the Desert Research Institute (DRI) for the University and Community College System of Nevada (UCCSN). The Institute is the statewide autonomous, research division of the system, with three major science centers, a field laboratory, and a research station. The main focus of the institute's research in the environment and its researchers work in every State of the country and all continents. The institute has an annual budget of $25 million and a staff of more than 420 people. Taranik also serves as the Program Director for the UCCSN NASA Space Grant Consortium, and he was chairman of the Board of the Nevada Quality and Productivity Institute from 1990 to 1995. He serves on the Academic Advisory Council of the French SPOT program and is an educational advisor to the Canadian Radarsat program. He is a principal investigator on the Japanese JERS-1 satellite program. He is also a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the Hyperspectral Digital Imagery Collection Experiment (HYDICE) managed by the Naval Research Laboratory. From 1982 to 1987, he was Dean of the Mackay School of Mines of the University of Nevada. Prior to that, he spent 3 years at NASA Headquarters in the Office of Space and Terrestrial Applications, 4 years at the Earth Resources Observation Systems Data Center for the U.S. Geological Survey, 3 years with the Iowa Geological Survey and The University of Iowa, and 2 years with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Xi, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Geological Society of America and the Explorers Club. He has received NASA's Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal and is a full member of the International Academy for Astronautics. Taranik received his degrees from the Colorado School of Mines and Stanford University.
William L. Webb
William L. (Bill) Webb recently retired from the position of Vice President for Advanced Engineering programs of Pratt & Whitney Group Engineering & Technology. He had held this position since 1985 and was responsible for managing advanced commercial and Government engine studies, preliminary design, and engine demonstration activities. This responsibility also included configuration description of fighter and transport engines, evaluation of the performance of these engines as installed in airplanes, the technology required to meet requirements of these engines, and management of technology development programs. From 1983 to 1985, he was Vice President for Product Integrity. His responsibilities were the generation and implementation for policies related to Pratt & Whitney product integrity, including quality assurance. Prior to this, he was manager of PW1130 programs, in which he was responsible for PW1128 design, development, flight testing, management of current engine controls and accessories, and direction of advanced military engine studies and proposals. He has written technical papers on such topics as "Fluidics: A Potential Technology for Aircraft Engine Control," "Development of a Turbine Inlet Gas Temperature Measurement and Control System Using a Fluidic Sensor," "Hypersonic Velocities - Breakthroughs and Barriers," and "Gas Turbine Technology Benefits for Commercial Airplane Operators." Webb received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1960. He holds patent number 3,797,233, Integrated Control for a Propulsion System.
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